Review in Planning

Harold Henderson included Planning the Home Front in the Planners Library section of the October issue of Planning, the magazine of the American Planning Association. (Planning’s online edition is open to APA members and subscribers.)

Excerpt from his review:

Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run, by independent scholar Sarah Jo Peterson, is a lucid account of the planning problems inherent in a World War II defense plant. Peterson skillfully weaves a narrative from the ad hoc, disjointed, and participatory efforts, which included housing for newcomers in an undeveloped exurban region all at once and right away.

On a personal note, I found it gratifying that the first review of my book appeared in Planning, the magazine by and for practitioners. Henderson also quotes what I think of as some of the most important lines in the book. Authors, of course, never know how big the gap will be between what they find important and what readers decide is important. But for my first review, the reviewer and I were on the same page.